Welcome to the Lafayette, LA dental office of Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue.
We look forward to creating long-term relationships with you and your family by providing you with exceptional dental care, as we have been doing for patients in southern Louisiana for over 33 years.
We practice according to the principle “inform before you perform.” We will always take the time to discuss your oral treatment options with you. Our dentists explain dental procedures to you in plain English and use modern technology such as photographs and case examples to give you the tools you need to make an informed decision.
We will never push dental treatments on patients without their full understanding of the pros and cons, along with alternatives and payment plans. Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve had your teeth cleaned, don’t hesitate to call us. We are a no-judgment zone; we’re just happy you’re coming to see us! We understand how patients can feel too busy to stop for an appointment or even feel dental anxiety due to a bad experience in the past.
We can work with all patients. Our gentle and experienced manner is why we’ve earned the trust of all our patients.
- Total Preventive Dental Care
- Restorative Dental Care Dental Care to Restore Missing Teeth
- Beautiful Cosmetic Dentistry for a New Smile
- Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety
- Contact Our Lafayette Dental Office Today
Total Preventive Dental Care
In dentistry, as in most things, prevention is preferable to treatment. We will work with you to develop a home-care oral routine you can commit to and help you improve your brushing and flossing technique. In some cases, preventive treatments like fluoride and sealants can help protect your teeth, and we will discuss these with you if you are a candidate.
Even with regular brushing and flossing and avoiding sugary treats and caffeine, it’s very difficult to remove the build-up of harmful bacteria and plaque that can eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Only your dental hygienist or dentist can completely remove tartar and ensure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy.
Insufficient or poor oral hygiene can create more problems than just gum disease or cavities—you become at risk for general health issues that you might not know are linked to your oral health. Studies have shown that health issues like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, complications with pregnancy, and oral cancer are all directly affected by the health of your teeth and gums. By maintaining good oral health, you can stay on top of things and prevent health problems from going too far.
Preventive care also includes regular x-rays. Dental x-rays are a powerful diagnostic tool. They allow us to see beneath your gums and under your enamel to find problems when they are small and easily treatable with conservative approaches. Because we value your safety, our office relies on digital x-rays, which use significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
If you can't remember the last time you came in to see us, give us a call to schedule your teeth cleaning today. Our Lafayette dentists will keep track of your oral health and note any abnormalities—which is important for your general well-being since the two are linked.
Restorative Dental Care Dental Care to Restore Missing Teeth
Our dentists, Dr. Jerome Smith, and Dr. Daniel Domingue, are experts in the field of restorative dentistry. Whether you need to restore broken or decayed teeth with dental crowns or onlays or you need a full-mouth reconstruction including dentures or dental implants, we can care for you every step of the way.
Drs. Smith and Domingue are so skilled in the field of dental implant placement and restoration that other dentists actually come to them for additional training. We are also able to perform bone grafting, an advanced procedure that is used to restore bone loss in your jaw to make dental implant placement a possibility.
Do you have a missing tooth or multiple teeth that you want to restore? We can restore your bite and protect the rest of your smile. Replacing missing teeth is a permanent solution that prevents further tooth loss, an event that can occur when teeth shift towards the gap in your smile.
If your quality of life has been compromised because one or more missing teeth and you find that eating your favorite foods or speaking clearly is difficult, call your Lafayette implant dentists today at (337) 235-1523. We look forward to giving you the smile function you need to live comfortably.
Beautiful Cosmetic Dentistry for a New Smile
Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. If your smile does not represent the image you want the world to see, give us a call.
Some cosmetic dental treatments we offer include:
- Professional teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
- Dental bonding
- Tooth-colored filling
Practicing preventive oral care through regular dental check-ups is important, but don’t forget that your Lafayette dentists can also create a dazzling smile that reflects your personality and style. From professional teeth whitening to crowns to dental veneers, we can give you a beautiful smile that you will be proud to show off again and again.
You may be wondering what exactly your dentists can do to improve your smile. The short answer is that we can fix any smile flaws. Below are common smile issues that patients often want to be changed:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Yellow or brown stained teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Gummy smiles
We only use high-quality materials to restore your smile, and with proper care and maintenance, your cosmetic dental treatments can last a long time.
Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety
Estimates show that as many as 30 percent of Americans aren’t getting the dental care they need because of fear and anxiety associated with seeing the dentist. Are you one of them?
Our Lafayette, LA dental office is one of only a few in the state to offer IV sedation dentistry. With IV sedation dentistry, you can relax and rest comfortably during your entire dental procedure. While you may fall asleep, most of our patients remain awake, although in a very deep, sedated state. Your procedure will fly by, and you probably won’t remember most of it.
Please let anyone on our highly skilled dental team know if you are feeling anxious, and we can work together to ensure your comfort.
Contact Our Lafayette Dental Office Today
From routine dental cleanings that prevent major oral health issues from taking place to exciting cosmetic treatments that can revamp your look, we make sure that each member of your family can get the dentistry they need.
Don’t live in discomfort or embarrassment if you have a broken, chipped, or missing tooth. We offer dental restorative work to get your smile back on track—and to prevent further tooth loss or shifting.
Are you ready to get started experiencing the highest level of quality dental care? Contact our Lafayette, LA dentist office today and request an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Domingue.